After I read The Woman in Cabin 10, I decided I needed to go back and read Ruth Ware’s previous book In A Dark, Dark Wood. The cover said it was an “Instant New York Times Bestseller” so it had to be good, right? And since I loved The Woman in Cabin 10, I figured her first book would
Nora is a mystery writer who lives a very solitary life. One day, she receives a strange email inviting her to a hen party weekend (bachelorette party) for a childhood friend she hasn’t spoken to in 10 years. She wasn’t invited to the wedding, and can’t figure out why she was invited. After much consideration, and discussing it with a mutual friend who was also invited, Nora reluctantly agrees to go.
The weekend is held out in the English countryside, with a strange group that really doesn’t know each other. The house where they stay is a large, isolated house in the middle of nowhere with large glass windows and lots of trees. The group is obviously rather uncomfortable around each other, since the only common friend most of them have is the bride. The first night, secrets start emerging, and the weekend becomes an uncomfortable, tense event.
I looked at the reviews for this, as I do a lot of times, and they were really mixed (but so many are!). I thought it was really good. It is definitely another psychological thriller, and it kept me interested! To be honest, it was really really, creepy. The fact that it takes place out in the middle of nowhere in the winter made it extra creepy.
I didn’t think it was quite as good as The Woman in Cabin 10, but I generally don’t think an author’s first book is as good. I guess it is just about getting into the groove or soomething. If you haven’t read either, maybe read this one first. Of course, it could have just been me. I think Ruth Ware is a fantastic writer, and I am looking forward to reading her newest release, The Lying Game.
Have you read In A Dark, Dark Wood? What did you think?